Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Norway instead of Poland, you would:

Health

live 4.1 years longer


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 16.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

spend 20.4% more on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5%.

Life

be 43.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

have 28.4% more children


In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Norway, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 32.7% more likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 57.1% more on education


Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 51.6% more on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Norway, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 57.2 times more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway compared to Poland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Norwegian Tax Administration, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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